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1Causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust.‘a sickening stench of blood’‘she hit the ground with a sickening thud’
nauseating, stomach-turning, stomach-churning, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, repellent, repugnant, appalling, abominable, hideous, horrible, awful, dreadful, terrible, obnoxious, nauseous, vile, nasty, foul, loathsome, offensive, objectionable, off-putting, distasteful, disagreeable, uninvitingView synonyms
- ‘He grinned at this, though my heart gave a sickening little fearful lurch.’
- ‘Coun Irwin said he was ‘horrified’ when he discovered the sickening material on the parish council's site.’
- ‘Suddenly, there's a bright yellow flash, a sickening thud as the shock waves explode and shards of glass scream past your face.’
- ‘When a family loses someone close, all they have is the grave, it's their only comfort and it's a sickening thought that people out there are ruining graves.’
- ‘Where in the chart was the horrendous road accident, the sickening collision of metal and concrete?’
- ‘A bereaved couple have been left devastated after their stillborn baby's grave was destroyed in a sickening arson attack.’
- ‘The sickening stench of blood hit him like a tidal wave.’
- ‘Smashing their way in, officers were met with a sickening stench and dead bluebottles covering the stairs.’
- ‘But it keeps coming away in his hands and he has a sickening feeling of horror that he may be causing grave and unthinkable damage, so he just guiltily muddles it up into a ball.’
- ‘At least a dozen times over the past two years I've heard the sickening thud and tortured tire screech that signals a fresh wreck at the intersection.’
- ‘Fear washed over her again, with a sickening nausea too.’
- ‘His was gaping desperately, taking in huge lungfuls of air, a sickening wheezing sound coming out through his mouth.’
- ‘A sickening thud came from the direction of the tower.’
- ‘I winced each time it came down with a sickening thud into the gory mass.’
- ‘The scream was followed by the sickening sensation of falling and she desperately braced herself.’
- ‘The limp body fell to the ground with a sickening thud, splattering blood all over the road.’
- ‘The width of the pavement plus about six inches, as Matt and the cart hit the fence about halfway up with a sickening, bone-crunching thud.’
- ‘I bit back the urge to scream, as the wind whistled past my face and I braced myself for a sickening thud and terrible landing.’
- ‘These buildings had produced the most sickening and horrific ashes and smoke in existence, and now they were where the thief was hiding.’
- ‘With the club poised to go out of business on January 18 unless a new owner can be found, the sickening injury left Brass fearful he may have played his last game for the club.’
- 1.1informal Causing irritation or annoyance.
- ‘Perhaps the most sickening fact is that they have been able to frighten a small number of our older people into believing that they will not be able to afford to pay for vital services.’
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